Women, Cancer and the Industrial Work Setting

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canadian women.

Workers who are exposed occupationally can encounter much higher concentrations of toxic chemicals and therefore be at a greater risk for developing cancer.

In 2012, the National Network on Environments and Women’s Health, in collaboration with the Canadian Women’s Health Network, did a study of over 1000 women with breast cancer, and over 1100 without, to try and determine the correlate of incidents of breast cancer in women who worked in environments classified as “highly-exposed” to chemicals.

Read the Report here.

Cite: November 2012, Ellen Sweeney, Breast cancer risk in relation to occupations with exposure to carcinogens and endocrine disruptors: A Canadian case-control study.